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McCloskey is key for BG

Zach McCloskey

Name: Zach McCloskey

School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Age: 16

Grade: Junior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: McCloskey had a key strip of Lackawanna Trail’s Ray Melnikoff to set up the go-ahead field goal and combined with Adrian Johnson to sack Lions quarterback Nico Berrios in the end zone for a safety. McCloskey also had four rushes for 22 yards.

Season update: McCloskey has served as the fullback for the Marauders, leading the way for star running back Keegan Myrick. McCloskey has rushed 76 times for 507 yards and two touchdowns.

Coach Justin Wheeler’s quote: “He’s a kid you love to coach, and he works so hard and expects nothing in return. It’s great to see a person who is that great of a kid have success, and he’s made game-changing and game-winning plays on the field for us the past few weeks.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Crocker

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite movie: “The Shawshank Redemption”

Favorite food: Mac & cheese

Favorite song: “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel

Outside interests: Video games and cooking

Favorite professional team: San Francisco 49ers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Tom Brady

Best athlete I ever competed against: Richland quarterback Kellan Stahl

Most influential person on my athletic career: My junior high coach Mike Sprouse

Proudest athletic achievement: Being able to start on offense and defense for Bishop Guilfoyle

How I got my start in football: “My brother Ben had played football, so I always went to his practices and got excited about football.”

Future goal: To go to college and become a veterinarian.

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